March to Help Rid Violence in Chicago
By: Melanie L. Brown
Spike Lee, Jennifer Hudson, John Cusack, Larry Hoover’s youngest son, Ms. Daley from Illinois Council of Handgun Violence, Brandon Mahon from The Voice, We Wear Orange organization, Moms Demand Action organization, Michael Colyar, the poet Harold Green and many others attended Father’s Pfleger’s Peace March. The march was held on Friday, June 19th to help curb violence on the last day of school for Chicago Public Schools. Father Pfleger expressed the importance for them to march every Friday here on out. Many youth have already been gundown on the streets of Chicago since Jan 1st.
A total of 1163 individuals were shot this year, and 175 of them are now deceased. Father Pfleger said “That’s unacceptable…We have to become the aggressive peacemakers…We will make it safe for them to play here”…Brothers and sisters the Edmund Pettus bridge of our day is violence in the city of Chicago”, proclaimed Father Pfleger. Signs were placed on the podium stating “Chicago’s Peace is Our Selma.”
Jennifer Hudson, John Cusack and mothers of violence victims marched on the frontlines in the Auburn Gresham area of Chicago. They held up violence victim pictures and a banner. Spike Lee’s crew filmed the march for a scene for Chiraq the movie. They played music for the crowd to march to from the truck Spike and Father Pfleger rode on.